Religious Life News, Jan 5

First Hour in January – Principles and Play

For our next theme of Dismantling Colonialism our main First Hour programming will alternate weeks, as described below. There will also be workshops on our theme offered by various members of the church – if you are interested in offering a program during First Hour, email

On the 2nd and 4th weeks we will focus on the Seven Principles. There will be programming for the age ranges: K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, teen, and adult. If you are newer to UUism, this is a great program to participate in! We are also looking for volunteers to lead and assist with programming for all age groups.

You can volunteer for just one week or several in a row. The ideal is to work with the group for a few weeks in a row, to get to know the kids. Please contact for details.

On the 1st and 3rd weeks we will have a number of creative and playful options:

  • Youth choir (for grades 1-8), led by Edie Holder
  • Drawing with Anne Skove
  • Games and play
  • Dramatic play
  • Other programming to be determined…

We need folks to act as assistant for all programs, and to lead several of them. Please email to help.

Save the Date: “State of Religious Life” Meeting, Sunday January 19 after service

Marie and Ashleigh will have a meeting after the service on Sunday, January 19 to discuss all things Religious Life – First Hour, children’s worship during the service, communication, the playground, the nursery…

All are welcome! Those who would like to volunteer or who have children are especially encouraged to attend!

This is the last Sunday for the Mitten Tree!

Our Mitten tree will accept donations for one more Sunday!

Scarf materials are still available if you missed our scarf creation week – we will make them up this Sunday in Krolfifer – all ages are welcome.

Remember, you are encouraged to donate hats, mittens, scarves, and SOCKS – socks are especially welcome, and personal items (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, etc.) – which will be donated to CAIN – Churches Active in Northside. For more information about CAIN:

Soup Mix Sales Continue

Bean and rice soup mixes are on sale for $5 during coffee hour. Please contact Ashleigh Rhodes at to volunteer to staff the table or arrange a purchase at another time. Proceeds benefit St. Johns’ work as a Solidarity Congregation with the sanctuary family at Clifton United Methodist Church.